War in Ukraine and risk of famine

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The Peace Movement supports the World Food Program’s call for the reopening of the Black Sea ports, as the world faces a growing hunger crisis.

“Today, as record numbers of people wonder what they will eat the next day, crops from Ukrainian farms are no longer being shipped to where they are needed most… Right now, Ukrainian grain silos are full. At the same time, 44 million people around the world are walking toward starvation,” said David Beasley, executive director of the World Food Program.

The Pam is demanding “that the Black Sea ports be opened so that food can flow in and out of Ukraine…. when hundreds of millions of people around the world depend on food passing through these ports.”

The Peace Movement has long denounced famines, a real food war against peoples, due to the consequences of inequalities in development aggravated more recently by drought due to climate change. With the war in Ukraine and the blocking of the Black Sea ports by Russia, the war takes on an even more inhumane dimension by taking hostage millions of people who risk dying of hunger due to the massive extension of famines. This is why the Peace Movement supports the demand formulated by the World Food Program.

In its May 7 press release, the Peace Movement indicated: “It is not possible to accept the death sentence of hundreds of thousands or even millions of people because of war or the consequences of war (famines in the least developed countries, etc.) and therefore to condemn billions of people throughout the world to unnecessary physical and social suffering for a war that the people did not want.

The Peace Movement reiterates this condemnation and its condemnation of the aggression of Ukraine by Russia, its solidarity with the Ukrainian people.

It asks all national and international institutions to act for an immediate cease-fire and a negotiated solution to this war.

Beyond the considerable complexity of the Ukrainian crisis, there are political and diplomatic solutions, as demonstrated by the Minsk agreements signed by Russia, Ukraine and the OSCE; agreements validated by France and Germany and supported by the UN. Such agreements would allow for a non-military solution to this crisis, provided that States and international institutions pool their energies to obtain an immediate cease-fire and a negotiated solution.

War is not the solution. We must convince the belligerents and all the actors directly or indirectly involved to stop the arms and to resume the path of negotiation.

The Peace Movement

Saint-Ouen, May 31, 2022


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